This has no relation to the topic we are talking about in class right now but I couldn’t help but notice the coverage of the Georgian Olympian that died this past weekend. For those of you who don’t know what happened, a Georgian luger was killed when he was thrown from his sled making a tight turn on the Olympic course. What I found disturbing, and completely unnecessary, was that NBC was televising it (in their coverage of the games) the footage of the 21-year-old flying off of his sled and hitting a pole which resulted in his death. They literally showed him being killed. Two days after they aired the footage, Bob Costas stated that they will not be showing the footage again for the remainder of the games. For me, it never should have been shown in the first place. The sanctity of someone’s life far outweighs the importance of a news story and I think it was completely inappropriate for it ever to have aired.
When it comes to death, what is appropriate to be shown? Should the family members have a say in whether images like this can go public?